BHUBANESWAR: The state government has asked officials in Puri to demolish structures constructed in violation of coastal regulation zone (CRZ) norms.
Director, town planning, and vice-chairman of Puri-Konark Development Authority (PKDA) have been asked to demolish these structures and submit a report to the housing and urban development department by September 12.
The government's move followed the National Green Tribunal's July 27 directive, asking the state to submit a report on progress in removing unauthorized structures. The tribunal had sought a detailed report on CRZ violations from the government.
According to norms, no concrete structures should be allowed in CRZ. "No industry should be planned in the zone nor the existing ones expanded. Same goes for hotels and residential complexes," said a senior government officer. In Puri, many hotels and houses have come up in the restricted areas.
Official sources said PKDA has been directed to oversee the demolition. "The planning member will take steps to implement demolition of 26 pending cases and file a compliance report to the government," an official said.
In Puri, 316 structures were found violating the CRZ norms. "We have already demolished 74 such structures," said an officer.
PKDA planning member N P Patnaik said there were several CRZ violations in the town. "We have to look into each case of violation separately and follow the CRZ, 2011, rules. The exercise will take some more time," he said.
The Odisha State Pollution Control Board has also been asked to file a report on revamping Swargadwar (crematorium), which reportedly contributed to pollution in the town. Earlier, the green tribunal had directed the government to review pollution in Puri and take steps to check it. Following the direction, a high-level team visited the town in May.